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What are some guidelines for hepatitis C medications to avoid damaging your liver?

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Whatever stage of hepatitis C you have, follow these guidelines to avoid causing damage to your liver from medications:

  • Share a list of all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs with all your doctors.
  • Make sure all your doctors know you have hep C.
  • Take as few medications as possible.
  • Carefully read the ingredient list of over-the-counter drugs. Acetaminophen is in many cold and flu medications and in most painkillers labeled "non-aspirin."
  • Never take more of a medication, or for a longer period of time, than your doctor recommends.

SOURCES:

Project Inform: "Towards a healthy liver."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Medications and the Liver."

HCRC VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Cirrhosis: A Patient's Guide."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Caution! Herbs and Nutritional Supplements."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about cirrhosis."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 1, 2019

SOURCES:

Project Inform: "Towards a healthy liver."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Medications and the Liver."

HCRC VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Cirrhosis: A Patient's Guide."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Caution! Herbs and Nutritional Supplements."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about cirrhosis."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 1, 2019

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